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caption: Water flows through moss and rocks on Friday, April 5, 2019, in the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula.
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Water flows through moss and rocks on Friday, April 5, 2019, in the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Life hack: Go sniff a pine. Your heart and mind will thank you

Bonus episode! Listen to an extended interview with Florence Williams, author of "The Nature Fix."

Williams likes double meaning to the word "fix" when it comes to getting outside.

"I think we humans can use a little fixing," she says in this interview. "We live a life that's so cut off from from nature and even from other authentic experiences.

"When we go outside it has these medicinal qualities."

Her extensive research into the benefits to getting out in nature has lead to some surprising revelations. Let's just say you'll have a new appreciation for that fresh pine scent.

Host Chris Morgan — a big fan of Williams since he found her article in a magazine at a doctor's office — talked with her for our episode on forest therapy. We're presenting an extended cut of that interview for you to enjoy (perhaps while taking a nice walk?).

THE WILD is a production of KUOW in Seattle in partnership with Chris Morgan and The UPROAR Fund. It is produced by Matt Martin and edited by Jim Gates. It is hosted, produced and written by Chris Morgan. Fact checking by Apryle Craig. Our theme music is by Michael Parker. Produced for the web by Kara McDermott.